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Waratahs vs Reds - Round 1 - 2012R01

Discussion in 'Rugby Matches' started by tigerland12, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. tigerland12 John Thornett (49)

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    With kick-off under a week away I thought it was time to have a proper match thread.

    Given each sides current injuries, combined with the fact it's only the first round, I am expecting a pretty dour match that will be settled through goal kicking, but maybe that's the pessimist in me talking.

    Injuries:

    Queensland: Wallace-Harrison, McDuling, Humphries, Cooper, S.Faingaa *, Higginbotham *, Davies*
    *= Unsure on current injury status.

    NSW: Vickerman, Elsom, Mitchell, Turner
  2. Ruggo Paul McLean (56)

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    This game will be a physical bugger for sure. Trying to figure out how it will pan out is like pissing into the wind.

    I want to see the battle between Slipper and Robinson. We never got to see it last year but should be a beauty.
  3. qwerty51 Rod McCall (65)

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    Tahs XV is pretty obvious

    1. Robinson
    2. TPN
    3. Kepu
    4. Douglas
    5. Mumm
    6. Dennis
    7. McCutcheon
    8. Palu
    9. Pretorius
    10. Barnes
    11. BKH
    12. Carter
    13. Horne
    14. Kingston
    15. AAC

    Weakness on the wings there, would not be surprised if the Tahs back their pack and keep it tight like last time at Suncorp.
  4. p.Tah Peter Fenwicke (45)

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    hasn't McKenzie picked a mobile pack?
  5. #1 Tah Desmond Connor (43)

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    Home crowd factor to bring tahs by 5 or so. going to be a thriller.
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  6. tigerland12 John Thornett (49)

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    I'm thinking the Reds bench will play a big part. It looks to have a lot of fire power in comparison to the Tahs
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  7. Bruwheresmycar Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    The battle between Genia and Pretorious will be interesting to watch. They both like to have a crack in attack and aren't shy of a bit of tactical kicking.
  8. tranquility Banned

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    So Quirky will be playing 6 by the look of things? Can't wait, he is much better suited to the blindside.
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  9. Bowside Ken Catchpole (46)

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    QLD looking very thin at lock. Tahs might target the line-out, especially if Hanson is starting as he is a shaky thrower.
  10. tranquility Banned

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    Im assuming Radike will be the third lock? So maybe he will play from the bench? If that is the case and we play both Quirk and Shatz in the starting backrow - they are both good lineout options.

    However all of this is hypothetical and irrelevant if AWH is fit to go.

    Either way - I don't think our lineout will be a point of weakness, that is if Hanson can get is throwing right.
  11. Bowside Ken Catchpole (46)

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    AWH had minor surgery he's out for 3-6 weeks. Very underrated player and was integral to the reds success last year.

    All depends on chibba hanson consistently getting the ball to the back of the lineout, as many of the reds backline moves start with a long throw to the back so as to give the halves that extra bit of time and space to execute the play.
  12. Penguin Trevor Allan (34)

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  13. FiveStarStu Cyril Towers (30)

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    Reds by 10.

    No idea where they're pulling the underdog status from this year.
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  14. tigerland12 John Thornett (49)

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  15. Schadenfreude John Solomon (38)

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    I'm just going to put this out there. Samo (who I'm a massive fan of) needs to move his feet.

    In his current tackle technique, he plants both feet, puts his head down so he can no longer see the player, and launches himself forward.

    He's become very predictable, and good teams (like we saw in the world cup) can exploit it. Deans didn't correct it, but I'm hoping Link does.

    That said, maybe he was just buggered by the end of the season.
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  16. Ignoto Cyril Towers (30)

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    Coming from the same crowd that boo'ed them last year?

    Tahs will grind out win like they have in the past couple of years so I imagine they'll bet us by 1-3.
  17. fatprop David Codey (61)

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    If they "grind out" a win like last year at home (30–6), I will be very happy
  18. Ignoto Cyril Towers (30)

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    I guess I still have Palu crashing over the line in the final minute or two to win the game in 2010(?) stuck in my head.
  19. matty_k Ken Catchpole (46)

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    I know I enjoyed that win more.
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  20. Wallatahs Allen Oxlade (6)

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